Proudly continuing its partnership with the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, Oris is happy to announce a new dedicated watch – the Royal Flying Doctor Service Limited Edition II. Oris has been working with the non-profit organization for four years and this is their second limited edition that honors the work of Australia’s legendary aero-medical organization. The new Oris Royal Flying Doctor Service Limited Edition II is limited to 2,000 pieces. Priced at CHF 1,900 (leather strap) and CHF 2,100 (stainless steel bracelet), the timepiece comes in a special wooden presentation box featuring a medal engraved with the service’s logo. The Swiss watchmaker will donate a portion of sales to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Known as “The Flying Doctor”, the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia is one of the world’s biggest and most thorough aeromedical organizations. It is a non-profit organization founded to provide emergency and primary health care services for people living in the remote rural areas of Australia. The organization also helps the people who don’t have access to a general practice or hospital due to the vast distances of the Australian Outback. The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia features a fleet of more than 60 aircrafts and manages 23 bases with 1,225 employees. About half of their fleet consists of the Swiss manufactured Pilatus PC-12 planes. These models will soon be joined by more powerful Pilatus PC-24. The new aircrafts are expected to enter service in mid-2017.
The new Oris Royal Flying Doctor Service Limited Edition II takes inspiration from the brand’s iconic Big Crown collection. The watch has a large 45mm three-piece stainless steel case. The case is water resistant to 30 meters and has an AR-coated domed sapphire crystal on the front. On the back of the watch is a solid stainless steel caseback featuring an embossed Royal Flying Doctor Service logo as well as the engraved limited edition number.
Underneath the sapphire crystal is a highly legible black dial with Arabic numerals printed in white Superluminova. The same luminous material is also used for the hour and minutes hands. The seconds are indicated by the black central seconds hand with orange tip. At 3 o’clock we have a double window displaying both day and date. Positioned at 12 is the Royal Flying Doctor Service’s logo. Like the original version, the new Oris watch is also equipped with a pulsometer, used to measure a patient’s pulse. This highly useful feature has now been upgraded and scaled at intervals of 20 heartbeats for even faster readings. The pulsometer scale is painted in deep orange – a reference to the color of the earth in Australia’s Outback.
Powering the latest Oris Royal Flying Doctor Service Limited Edition II is the brand’s Caliber 735. Based on Sellita SW 220-1, the self-winding movement beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and guarantees a power reserve of 38 hours. The watch is available with a brown calf leather strap, dark brown Louisiana crocodile leather strap and stainless steel bracelet.